That’s not the case this year thanks to CBS FILMS’ new melodrama THE WORDS acquired at the Sundance Film Festival.
The movie marks a 180 degree turn for Bradley Cooper whom we’ve come to associate primarily with comedy roles.
What we’ve got here is a case of plagiarism embedded in a story of a story behind the story.
THE WORDS has struggling, mediocre writer Cooper rocket to fame after passing off a manuscript as his own. He found it while honeymooning with Zoe Saldana in Paris.
The pages were stashed in an old satchel he bought at an antique shop and it’s now his claim to fame and fortune.
“I’m not who I thought I was and never will be.”
So who would ever find out?
That’s where the film flashes back to Irons as a young American soldier stationed in past war Paris.
It’s his tragic love story AND his manuscript.
Should Irons now ruin Cooper’s career? Will he accept a payoff? How will it all play out?
But hold on!
What we’ve got here is triple-tiered storytelling. You see, there’s current darling of the publishing world Dennis Quaid pushing HIS new book called ‘The Words.’
It’s a thriller about facing a crisis of conscience. Of Bradley Cooper’s character plagiarising old man Jeremy Irons and paying a steep price for his ambition.
The movie can be be summed up with this quote from the soundtrack:
“Sometimes you have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close.”
THE WORDS also features Olivia Wilde, J.K. Simmons, Nora Amezeder and Ron Rifkin.
It’s executive produced by Bradley Cooper and won’t disappoint melodramatic-seeking moviegoers on this first weekend of Kansas City’s fall movie season.
Raising 3-1/2 out of 5 (not so) literary fingers.
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